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#1 Posted on 21.9.05 1853.49
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If you live under a rock, then you are probably just like me and didn't know anything about this book. Evidently, Neil Gaiman's newest book just came out last week and I didn't know it. Well, I picked it up yesterday and finished it off this afternoon.

**SPOILERS - BEWARE!**
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Well, here's the gist: A guy named 'Fat Charlie' is getting married and his fiance wants him to invite his father to the wedding. His father, however, has just died, so instead of doing that, Fat Charlie has to go to the US and take care of family business. He misses the funeral (I'll get to that after...) but he also finds out that his father was a God and that he has a brother who can be summoned by talking to spiders. He does this after getting back home to Europe and shenanigans ensue.

It's a story about family, mostly.

I 'liked' this book. It was well plotted out, it had many funny moments (such as Fat Charlie going to the wrong funeral, giving a speech that was very heartfelt and realistic, and then finding out that he's at the wrong funeral.), and Gaiman certainly has a way with putting words into characters mouths like few other writers do. However, even though I did like the book... I feel cheated.

Here's my problems with it. Firstly, why do all of his main characters have to have 'cool' or (in this case) 'dumb' nicknames. There was 'Door' in NEVERWHERE, 'Shadow' in AMERICAN GODS, and now 'Fat Charlie' in this one. What is it with the names? It's getting old already. Second, Gods... Again? I LOVED AMERICAN GODS. I'll sing that books praises for years to come, but he had to follow it up with ANOTHER 'Gods' book. It looks like one writer's getting lazy. Sure, the first one was his best work yet and got the best reviews out of all his work to date... but why the retread? Also, it almost feels like he reused the same plot devices as he did with AMERICAN GODS. Shadow was Wednesday/Odin's son and Fat Charlie is Anansi's son. Shadow's wife dies and it got the story rolling in AMERICAN GODS whereas Fat Charlie's father dies and that got this story rolling.

Seems to me like I was, practically, reading the same book for the first three chapters.

There's other little things, but I'd like to know if anyone else has read this yet, and if so, do they feel the same as I do about it.

Again, I did 'enjoy' the book. It's not a 'bad' book, but I expect more from Gaiman... and something DIFFERENT.
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#2 Posted on 23.9.05 1350.41
Reposted on: 23.9.12 1351.28
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    If you live under a rock, then you are probably just like me and didn't know anything about this book. Evidently, Neil Gaiman's newest book just came out last week and I didn't know it. Well, I picked it up yesterday and finished it off this afternoon.

    **SPOILERS - BEWARE!**
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .

    Well, here's the gist: A guy named 'Fat Charlie' is getting married and his fiance wants him to invite his father to the wedding. His father, however, has just died, so instead of doing that, Fat Charlie has to go to the US and take care of family business. He misses the funeral (I'll get to that after...) but he also finds out that his father was a God and that he has a brother who can be summoned by talking to spiders. He does this after getting back home to Europe and shenanigans ensue.

    It's a story about family, mostly.

    I 'liked' this book. It was well plotted out, it had many funny moments (such as Fat Charlie going to the wrong funeral, giving a speech that was very heartfelt and realistic, and then finding out that he's at the wrong funeral.), and Gaiman certainly has a way with putting words into characters mouths like few other writers do. However, even though I did like the book... I feel cheated.

    Here's my problems with it. Firstly, why do all of his main characters have to have 'cool' or (in this case) 'dumb' nicknames. There was 'Door' in NEVERWHERE, 'Shadow' in AMERICAN GODS, and now 'Fat Charlie' in this one. What is it with the names? It's getting old already. Second, Gods... Again? I LOVED AMERICAN GODS. I'll sing that books praises for years to come, but he had to follow it up with ANOTHER 'Gods' book. It looks like one writer's getting lazy. Sure, the first one was his best work yet and got the best reviews out of all his work to date... but why the retread? Also, it almost feels like he reused the same plot devices as he did with AMERICAN GODS. Shadow was Wednesday/Odin's son and Fat Charlie is Anansi's son. Shadow's wife dies and it got the story rolling in AMERICAN GODS whereas Fat Charlie's father dies and that got this story rolling.

    Seems to me like I was, practically, reading the same book for the first three chapters.

    There's other little things, but I'd like to know if anyone else has read this yet, and if so, do they feel the same as I do about it.

    Again, I did 'enjoy' the book. It's not a 'bad' book, but I expect more from Gaiman... and something DIFFERENT.


My understanding without reading the book was that it took place in the same universe as American Gods
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